Connect with us


Soyinka: Kingsley Moghalu tenders apology to ‘Obidients’



Kingsley Moghalu, a former deputy governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), has apologized for his choice of words against Obidients who criticized Prof. Wole Soyinka, the Nobel laureate.

Moghalu had labeled Obidients “uncultured and unlettered” after they lashed out against Soyinka for saying that recent remarks made by Datti Baba-Ahmed, vice-presidential candidate of the Labour Party, contained “fascistic language”.

Baba-Ahmed, in an interview with Channels TV, on March 22, said the country has no president-elect despite the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) announcing Bola Tinubu of the All Progressives Congress (APC) as the winner of the election.

He said that Tinubu would be leading an unconstitutional government if sworn into office because the APC candidate “has not met requirements of the law”.

Reacting in a chat with Arise TV days after the remarks, Soyinka said the statements were a “kind of do-or-die attitude and provocation” that went contrary to democratic disposition.

In response to the criticisms of Soyinka by the Obidients, on Thursday, Moghalu said the respected playwright is a “phenomenon” that “unlettered and uncultured people may not fully understand in an age of lazy social media”.

The former presidential candidate said Soyinka is a principled fighter for justice, noting that he would survive the undue reprimands from the Obidients movement.

However, Moghalu’s defense of Soyinka attracted a deluge of criticisms with many casting aspersion on him because of his choice of words.

But on Friday, Moghalu said he has to apologize for his choice of words which may have been “misconstrued as a harsh judgment on citizens who are hurting from the outcome of the elections”.

“In my tweet yesterday on Prof. Wole Soyinka’s comment on Datti Baba-Ahmed’s own comments about the 2023 presidential election, I said WS is a principled fighter for justice and a phenomenon “that unlettered and uncultured people may not fully understand in an age of lazy social media in which many don’t read or think deeply,” he wrote on Twitter.

“I want to apologize for the phrase in quotation marks which, on second thought, can be misconstrued as a harsh judgment on citizens who are hurting from the outcome of the elections.

“That was not my intention. While we all bear responsibility for the words we choose to use (and I have the utmost respect for Prof Soyinka and Dr. Datti-Ahmed), I caution again, however, that there will always be different voices with different beliefs in a democracy.

“These voices are not illegitimate simply because we disagree with them or they do not agree either with our political preferences or with whatever manner in which we choose to express our views. This applies across the board to the supporters of all the leading candidates.

“This is a difficult time for our country, but I hope we can still be civil and measured even as we may disagree.”

Source link

Continue Reading

Just In

Entertainment43 seconds ago

For Always Humiliating Her, Davido Owes Sophia Momodu an Apology – Lady Blows Hot [Video]

Nigerian lady known as Esther Nwachukwu, has encouraged Davido to apologize to Sophia Momodu for degrading her. In an Instagram...

Entertainment2 mins ago

Seyi Edun reaches out to the less privileged in celebration of her birthday (Video)

Nollywood actress, Seyi Edun has kept up with her birthday ritual of reaching out to the less privileged on her...

News17 mins ago

Bayelsa sets up panel to resolve Odioma community crisis

The Bayelsa State Government has constituted a seven-member committee to look into the issues causing hostility in the Odioma community...

News25 mins ago

Fuel subsidy removal: Edo govt cuts down workdays to 3 a week

By Jethro Ibileke The Edo state government has cut working days for civil servants to three days a week, to...

Entertainment1 hour ago

Rema smashes Wizkid’s Billboard chart record

The longest-running African song to top the Billboard World Digital Song Sales chart was held by Wizkid until high-flying Nigerian...

Entertainment1 hour ago

Tears flow as Mercy Johnson buries dad

Popular Nollywood actress, Mercy Johnson Okojie has buried her late dad. Kemi FIlani recalls that days ago, Mercy Johnson Okojie...

News1 hour ago

Aliko Dangote varsity adopts CBN’s e-naira for tuition payment

Aliko Dangote University of Science and Technology, Wudil, Kano, is to adopt the newly introduced e-naira for the payment of...

News1 hour ago

Policemen under investigation for aiding criminal gangs in Rivers – LG boss

*Why we haven’t nabbed Criminal kingpin Onuigwe Wodi declared wanted—Chidi Lloyd By Okafor Ofiebor/Port Harcourt Some policemen of the Rivers...

Entertainment2 hours ago

Tonto Dikeh shares some of the important lessons she has learnt in 38years

Nollywood actress turned politician, Tonto Dikeh has shared some of the lessons she has learned over the course of her...

Entertainment2 hours ago

It’s a fraud – Reps panel asks FG to suspend Nigeria Air

The House of Representatives committee on aviation has called for the suspension of Nigeria Air. The committee on Tuesday, faulted...

Copyright © My State News 2023 Powered by Nestec Media Services